What is ARA?
For over 50 years ARA has been protecting the
business interests of retailers throughout Arizona.
Retailers representing all categories and sizes recognized the value of combining their resources and ideas, and
formed ARA to achieve goals that no single business could accomplish individually. This guiding principle has
remained central to ARA’s philosophy of serving retailers through collaboration and partnership.
Whether your business measures its success by the thousands or millions of dollars ARA is there for you.
“Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged. No man has a
moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve condition within his
sphere.” Theodore Roosevelt
...providing the united voice of retailing in Arizona.
ARA passionately advocates legislation and regulation that creates favorable outcomes for its membership. This
is accomplished through outreach strategies, connecting retailers with lawmakers, regulators, trade
associations, traditional and social media.
By ARA’s constant and vigilant eye on legislative and
regulatory activity, member companies are able to focus on other pressing business issues, with confidence that
their interests are being protected by ARA. Furthermore, high profile and sensitive issues can arise that may
inhibit a business from engaging in the process, but ARA provides that united voice which acts as a shield for
its members and as a first line of defense.
Information is the key product in the
business of government relations and sharing that information is essential, therefore our communications are
timely, comprehensive and tailored to your needs.
ARA also provides communication on issues
impacting the retail industry to lawmakers, regulators and to the community, through a variety of means
including direct contact, media interaction and public speaking at civic organizations.
Under the umbrella of the Arizona Retailers Association, committees are created to address the needs of specific
industry segments. Each Committee provides a forum for information sharing that has proven to result in better
legislative proposals, regulatory reforms and business practices
ARA is a member of the Council of State Retail Associations. Within this organization, ARA shares best practices
with like associations across the nation to identify new opportunities, address issues and proactively implement
programs that serve the interests of its membership.
ARA has strong relationships with national
retail organizations operating at the federal level. ARA interacts with these organizations on a regular basis
to achieve the goals of its membeship.
ARA is the united voice of retail and through effective relationship management and collaboration with other industry
partners, ARA has enhanced the business climate for Arizona retailers.
ARA’s accomplishments include outcomes which have resulted in millions of dollars of direct benefit to member
companies, far exceeding the annual investment each company has committed.
- Michelle Allen Ahlmer
- Reuben Minkus
Board of Directors
- John Arterburn
- Steve Godber
- Karin Holt
- Shannon Butler
- Anne McGoldrick
Grossman Company Properties
- John Dillon
The Home Depot
- Jesse Benites
- Chuck Miller
- Reuben Minkus
Minkus Advertising Specialties
- Michael Kuehn
- Kim Lahn
- Kent Wilson
- Coral Cummings-Pino
- Philip Serghini
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